MINISTRY – AmeriKKKant – (Album Review)

MINISTRY – AmeriKKKant – (Album Review)

 Historical background                                                                                The first time I heard the band Ministry was in a club. I remember thinking how intense and how angry it sounded both musically and vocally. The song which I came to find out…

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FIVE FINGER DEATH PUNCH – And Justice For None (Album Review)

FIVE FINGER DEATH PUNCH – And Justice For None (Album Review)

Ladies and gentlemen, from Las Vegas, Nevada please welcome Five Finger Death Punch. With a name like that, that’s how they need to be introduced in my opinion. Now I am not a huge fan of this band, I sometimes find the dulcet tones of frontman Ivan Moody a bit of an annoyance but you can’t dispute the fact that they have put some great tracks together over the years and live they are a…

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SEVENDUST – All I See Is War (Album Review)

SEVENDUST – All I See Is War (Album Review)

Atlanta, Georgia’s own Sevendust are a band that I think are criminally underrated. For a band that are 12 (yes I said 12) albums into their career and not only that but they are 12 immensely good albums with well-written songs and great musicianship they always seem to miss the boat when it comes to hitting the next tier which would push them to the top of the pile. They are practically unknown in most…

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DIMMU BORGIR – Eonian (Album Review)

DIMMU BORGIR – Eonian (Album Review)

DIMMU BORGIR Symphonic black metallars Dimmu Borgir return after an eight year gap with their new album Eonian. The title can be explained in several ways; firstly, something that is “longer than an era geologically” or my favourite “hell’s perpetual fires,” which certainly fits for what Dimmu are about normally. The questions for me on hearing about the new release were, will it be better than the last album Abrahadabra, which I wasn’t so keen…

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GODSMACK – When Legends Rise (Album Review)

GODSMACK – When Legends Rise (Album Review)

GODSMACK It’s been four years since the last Godsmack album release 1000hp hit the racks.  That was an album which I personally found to be a rushed and a poor effort, considering some of the great albums the band have released throughout their career. Fast forward to 2018 and, after the four year hiatus, comes their new album When Legends Rise, but the lingering question is, will they? GODSMACK – When Legends Rise The title…

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MISSION IN BLACK – Anthems Of A Dying Breed (Album Review)

MISSION IN BLACK – Anthems Of A Dying Breed (Album Review)

During a lengthy intro, “Premonition of Chaos”, which I’m not a fan of in any instance really, a deep booming voice invades the eardrums. The voice proclaims “…They’re on a mission and their mission is black!” And then Anthems of a Dying Breed literally erupts with “Welcome to the Apocalypse”. Like an exploding volcano spewing its hot molten lava from the pinnacle flowing down on the villagers below. The repetitive grinder of a riff is…

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PARKWAY DRIVE – Reverence (Album Review)

PARKWAY DRIVE – Reverence (Album Review)

Destruction from Downunder Australian metalcore legends Parkway Drive are back for the attack with their sixth long player entitled Reverence which follows hot on the heels of their chart-topping smash Ire. Frontman Winston McCall in a recent interview claimed that Reverence would be a much more aggressive album than its predecessor. If it’s heavier than any of their last six albums then get ready to get your face melted off the bone. Normally I hate spoken word…

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SKINDRED – Big Tings (Album Review)

SKINDRED – Big Tings (Album Review)

Welsh ragga metallers Skindred are now 7 albums deep into their career and with each release there has been an injection of craziness. Their style of music is so frenetic and with the ragga style vocals of front man Benji Webbe they sound so different from most bands out there today. So here we are with album number 7 and I’m expecting an explosion of something I’ve never heard before. Each time I go in thinking…

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SHINEDOWN – Attention Attention (Album Review)

SHINEDOWN – Attention Attention (Album Review)

I picked up on Shinedown around the time the band released The Sound of Madness which I personally thought was a strong record filled with radio anthems, crunching guitar riffs and some of the strongest and melodic vocals I had heard in some time. Here we are with Attention Attention the sixth album from the Florida rockers and I’m hoping they don’t follow the formula of last release Threat to Survival, an album that put…

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NO HOT ASHES – No Hot Ashes (Album Review)

NO HOT ASHES – No Hot Ashes (Album Review)

Seeing the words “melodic hard rock” in the band description is a turn off these days for me. Sorry, but it’s true. I’m a little burnt out on the oversaturated genre. The syrupy flaccidity of much of the output fails to excite nor hold my attention. I find that the melodic hard rock genre, in general, these days, lacks the hooks and choruses making each track identifiable like in the 80s. Many songs and even…

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